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        Date

        9th September 2022

        By

        Chris Maddison

        Head of Interim NHS Non-Finance Recruitment

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        Are you doing the right things when it comes to interview prep?

        ​Attending an interview is a significant step in the recruitment process and whether you are a seasoned executive or entering the world or work following education, it is vital you prepare thoroughly.

        This will enable you to present the best version of yourself and increase your chances of securing a job offer. Are you doing the right things when it comes to interview prep?

        Recruitment processes have evolved in recent years with video technology being  the most notable change, so I will touch upon this as well.

        Before we talk about the interview itself and how things have evolved, let’s not forget the basics that have stood the test of time.  Firstly, make sure you know your CV inside out and off-by-heart, in particular when it comes to employment dates, achievements and statistics –  the last thing you want is to come across like you don’t know your own background!  I would recommend having a printed copy to hand just in case you receive a phone call out of the blue from a prospective employer –  you never know, the conversation might develop into discussing your background.

        Researching the company thoroughly is always a must.

        Explore their past endeavours, current plans and future objectives.  This shows the employer that you have taken a genuine interest in their opportunity and the business, it is also an easy win should you be asked in the interview what you know about their company.  You’d be amazed how many times people snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by not being able to answer that classic question!

        On a similar note, I’d also advise you thoroughly read through the job description and start to envisage yourself doing the job. This will help during the interview process.

        Timekeeping is essential

        Whether it is a video interview or face to face, give yourself plenty of time to be punctual.  If it is a video interview make sure you have your laptop or PC set up, your desk and background is tidy, and your audio and camera have been tested well ahead of time.  If the interview is on site please take into account the unpredictability of public transport, traffic and parking.  I’d always prefer to be twenty minutes early than one minute late.

        Interview attire can be a tricky one now a lot of industries have embraced the dress down culture. My advice on this would be to air on the side of caution and go on the smart side, but be reflective of your industry.

        So, the interview itself. It may sound obvious but be polite, personable and smile, this goes a long way and will get the interview off to a good start.  When it comes to answering the questions try to deliver your answers clearly and revert back to your CV where possible identifying when you have done something, drawing upon experiences and applying it to the question.  Don’t be afraid to ask the panel their opinion on the job in hand and what challenges lie ahead, but also why they think the post and company is a good career move for you.  Finally ask the panel if there is anything they would like you to clarify to go over again.

        Hopefully, with the above suggestions, you can go into your next interview fully prepped and feeling confident!

        Reach out to our talented team of recruitment experts who are experienced in supporting you achieve interview success.

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